Dick Advocaat understands why Sunderland owner is hesitant in transfer market

first_img Press Association Advocaat’s frustration eased on Friday as he completed the loan signing of Swedish international midfielder Ola Toivonen from Ligue 1 side Rennes. And despite Advocaat’s desire to further strengthen his squad ahead of the Tuesday deadline, the Dutchman fears he may pay the price for a series of recent failures. Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says he understands owner Ellis Short’s reluctance to enter the transfer market after receiving scant return on his investment over recent seasons. Advocaat said: “I totally understand because he has spent as much as he did over the last years and has seen nothing back every year, playing for relegation. “For him (Short) it is not a problem to spend money if the player will show a lot to the fans but a lot of players – not one or two or three, much more – he’s still paying for and they’re not here. “That is not good for the club and I can understand a bit of the suspicion.” Advocaat will continue searching for reinforcements but he confirmed a projected loan move for Napoli’s Jonathan de Guzman is definitely off. Toivonen is expected to come straight into the Sunderland squad for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Aston Villa while Jeremain Lens and Billy Jones are also available after sitting out the midweek Capital One Cup win over Exeter. Advocaat cut a happier figure in the wake of his side’s 6-3 win over the League Two Grecians and even insisted he would give his beleaguered defenders the benefit of the doubt after heavily criticising their performance on Tuesday. Advocaat added: “In the last nine games last season the defence was brilliant so they cannot lose that in one or two weeks – they have to get a certain amount of resolve and I’m not that negative. “Everything looks a little bit brighter. I’m very happy with the signing of Toivonen and we’re still working to bring in one or two other players, and we will know that next week.” Toivonen, who has 43 senior caps and nine international goals to his name, previously worked with Advocaat for a season at PSV Eindhoven. The Swede told the club’s official website : ”I worked with Dick Advocaat for one year at PSV and we came along very well, so I’m excited to work together again. ”I already knew Sebastian (Larsson) from the national team and we’ve played together for five or six years, and I also know Jeremain Lens from our two years together at PSV.” last_img read more

Big payday for Spieth

first_imgHis four shot victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta also won him the FedEx Cup – with the prize money from both combined resulting in the huge payout.Spieth’s also the new world number one.last_img

GPL PREVIEW: Kotoko to build on momentum against tepid Dwarfs

first_imgMomentum is on the side of the Procupine Warriors, and they will like to use the victory over Hearts as a rallying point to beat the hapless Dwarfs at the Baba Yara Stadium.Stand-in coach Michael Osei has a small headache, however. Key men Edwin Tuffour Frimpong and Evans Quao will not be available due to suspensions.Injury will also rob him of centre back Richard Osei Agyeman while captain and right back Amos Frimpong is with the local Black Stars. But Ahmed Adams has been back in camp.“I have to commend Adams. He’s done so well. We wanted him to stay back and return to our fold,” Osei said.“We had a situation at hand, there have been suspensions and injuries in the squad.“Evans Quao has been suspended, Edwin Tuffour is also suspended and Osei Agyeman is yet to fully recover from his injury. So in central defence, Kotoko were left with only Ohene Brenya, that’s why we called on coach Maxwell Konadu to release Adams. He did and Adams accepted to join us, foregoing the Japan trip and all the experiences and benefits that come with it,” he added. The 26-year-old had been called up to play a Japan U23 side in an international friendly on May 11 in the Far East.Meanwhile, Dwarfs will be shorn of the directness of forward Joseph Esso while the result of a late fitness test for Bright Luqman is yet to be known.CLICK HERE TO WATCH OUR VIDEO PREVIEW–MATCH FACTS Head to Head (Since 2000)Total matches played = 12Asante Kotoko wins = 7Drawn games = 4Ebusua Dwarfs wins = 1 *Asante Kotoko have won three of their last four premiership matches.(W3 D0 L1)*Ebusua Dwarfs have won just two of their last twelve premier league games.(W2 D5 L5)*Asante Kotoko have lost only one of their last nine home matches in the league. (W6 D2 L1)*Ebusua Dwarfs are winless in their last fifteen away fixtures in the premier league.(W0 D5 L10)*Asante Kotoko have won all of their last six home matches against Ebusua Dwarfs in the premiership since 2000.(W6 D0 L0) *Ebusua Dwarfs have managed only one victory against Asante Kotoko in their last eight meetings.(W1 D2 L5)*Asante Kotoko have kept just two clean sheets out of their five home games this season.*Ebusua Dwarfs have scored just one goal in their last eight away matches in the Ghana Premier League.—last_img read more

Refs change colours to help fight cancer

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsHoop fans taking in the Bomber tournament this weekend at the Hangar may be a little confused at the colour of the whistles used by the game officials.Please do not adjust your bifocals.The pink whistle is part of the Blow The Whistle on Cancer campaign supported by basketball officials across B.C.“Many of us have been touched by cancer and the pink whistle just shows the community that we support the fight against cancer,” said West Kootenay Basketball Official’s Association president Dave Brewer, who normally uses a black Fox-40 to officiate games.This is the second year of the program, headed by Lower Mainland officials Karn Dhillon and Shelley Ganchar.  
 From February 1-14 basketball officials throughout the province will be monitoring games using the pink whistle.Each official in the province, , more than 300 in total, raises funds for the program by purchasing a pink whistle. Coaches and the public are also urged to join the cause by buying a whistle or making an online donation to the Canadian Cancer Society/BCBOA at: BC Cancer Society/BCBOA“Last year we raised more than $2,200 to help fight against cancer,” Brewer said. “This year the goal is $5000 and I think we’ll reach it quite easily.”The West Kootenay Association covers high school and men’s games from Kaslo to Grand Forks.Brewer and company will be out in full force this weekend at the Bomber Classic High School Girl’s and Boy’s Basketball tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar.The tournament concludes Saturday afternoon.Teams from Prince Charles in Creston, Fernie, Kimberley, Vernon join host Bomber teams in the two-day event.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Why the Universe Is Ignoring You

first_imgI love the movie The Secret. There is definitely something to the Law of Attraction. I’ve seen the law work for longer than I have been aware of the idea. If what you put out is negative, what comes back is equally negative (and sometimes even more negative). If what you put out is positive, then what comes back is equally positive, and oftentimes even more positive.A friend of mine sent me a clip of someone insisting that just thinking something would make it come true, and writing it down would ensure it. This isn’t the law of attraction; it’s wishing.The law of attraction works, but only if you do.Attracting NegativityHow do you produce negative results? You think negative thoughts. You harbor negative beliefs about yourself and about others. You take actions that are perceived as negative. Have you ever seen someone who just looks angry? Just that look is enough to put people off. Negative thoughts and negative beliefs lead to negative actions, and negative actions produce negative results.Doing nothing at all is taking a negative action. So is wasting your gifts or your talents. Those actions are negative enough to attract bad things to you.Attracting SuccessJust thinking positive isn’t enough to produce positive results (even though it is critical to producing those results). Having positive healthy beliefs isn’t enough either. It’s only when you couple your positive thoughts and positive beliefs with positive action that the Universe listens. The rest of the time, the Universe is quite content to watch you wallow around in mediocrity, getting by.It looks like luck when someone puts out so much positivity that it comes back to them. But it isn’t luck. It’s the fact that they’ve been hustling, taking so much positive action that the only possible results are positive.If the Universe is ignoring you, you better make more noise.last_img read more

Modi ‘anguished’ at Congress ‘abusing’ Northeast culture, calling its dress ‘outlandish’

first_img Mr. Modi asserted that in the last four years, the BJP government at the Centre, had worked for greater recognition of Indian culture and traditions, far and wide.  “Through its ‘Act, East, Act Fast’ policy, the BJP has, in the last 4.5 years, developed every region of the Northeast.”The double engine of the BJP governments in both the Centre and the State would take Mizoram to new heights, he added.Mizoram is the last bastion of the Congress in the Northeast. Elections to the 40-member Assembly is scheduled for November 28. No substance in what Modi speaks, says Rahul Gandhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he felt a deep sense of anguish at the Congress “abusing” the Northeast culture and calling its dress “outlandish.”“I feel a deep sense of anguish when I see a Congress leader abusing the traditional dress of the Northeast States, calling them outlandish. Your hopes and ambitions do not matter to the Congress. Their priority is power and not the people of Mizoram,” he said at an election rally at Lunglei in Mizoram.Tharoor’s remarksIn August last, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor stated that the Prime Minister wears “outlandish” headgear. “I ask you why does our Prime Minister wear all sorts of outlandish headgear wherever he goes around the country or around the world? Why does he always refuse to wear a Muslim skull cap?” he said.Mr. Modi said the country had understood the “divide and rule” policy of the Congress and that was the reason the party was just confined to a few States.“The Congress party, which once governed maximum number of States, is now restricted to just two or three States. Now, the people of Mizoram have a golden opportunity to rid themselves of this Congress culture. The Congress’s priority is not the people of Mizoram; it is fighting to gain power,” he said.Also Readlast_img read more

All Brooks Koepka Does Is Win Majors

2Peter ThomsonAUS5683.3 Koepka is in extremely rare — and international — companyFor men’s golfers with at least 3 major championships since the PGA Tour was founded in 1929, share of total PGA Tour wins that were majors 5Seve BallesterosESP5955.6 10Jordan SpiethUSA31127.3 When Brooks Koepka outdueled Tiger Woods (and Adam Scott) to win the PGA Championship Sunday afternoon, he joined an exclusive group of golfers with three career major championships to their name. In all of golf history, going back even past the days of Tom Morrises both young and old, only 46 players have ever won three majors. Fewer still have won three in the span of 14 months the way Koepka has, having captured the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Opens on top of his win at Bellerive Country Club this weekend. Koepka may still have trouble getting recognized by the general public, but he is getting plenty of recognition in golf’s history books.One weird thing about Koepka, though, is that he hasn’t really done much winning outside of golf’s most prestigious events. Other than that pair of U.S. Opens and this recent PGA Championship win, the only official PGA Tour event Koepka has won was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. You don’t have to win a ton of events to make a good living in golf, of course. Koepka has done plenty well for himself, earning nearly $20 million in official money and ranking among the top 20 in FedEx Cup points for four years running. But it’s still striking how much of his success has been concentrated in major championships.Since the PGA Tour was founded, only two golfers with at least three career major wins — Henry Cotton and Peter Thomson — have had a greater share of their total career PGA Tour wins come in majors than Koepka’s 75 percent mark: 3Brooks KoepkaUSA3475.0 9Rory McIlroyNIR41428.6 10Payne StewartUSA31127.3 * Cotton’s victories were from an era before the PGA European Tour was founded, but were all at events located in Europe.Source: Wikipedia, PGA Tour 7Gary PlayerZAF92437.5 8Larry NelsonUSA31030.0 1Henry Cotton*ENG33100.0% RankPlayerCountryMajor WinsPGA Tour WinsMajors as Share of Wins 4Nick FaldoENG6966.7 6Pádraig HarringtonIRL3650.0 It’s no coincidence that the leaderboard above is littered with foreign-born players who didn’t regularly play on the PGA Tour. For instance, Thomson, an Aussie, won an impressive 84 professional tournaments in his career, but almost all of them were in Europe, Oceania or Asia. Particularly in the early days of pro golf, great non-American players seldom came over to the States to ply their trade, so this metric is a bit skewed for them. That’s why Koepka stands out as the only American remotely close to the top of our list; the next-highest is Larry Nelson at just 30 percent.One reason for Koepka’s odd ratio: His path to greatness contained detours. It included a stint on the second-tier European Challenge Tour out of college — where Koepka won a lot, enough to gain automatic promotion to the main tour within roughly a calendar year. Once there, he remained a card-carrying member of the European Tour through the end of the 2015 season. Since he didn’t play a full season of PGA Tour events until three years ago, he hasn’t had quite as much time to pile up wins in America as we’d expect just from eyeballing the span of his pro career.Still, Koepka owns one of the oddest — and most enviable — major records of any golfer ever. The way he’s playing, he’ll probably rack up ordinary PGA Tour wins before too long, but for now he has saved almost all of his winning for the tournaments that matter most. read more

SC stays HC ban on production sale of Pran Farm Fresh milk

first_imgPran-and-FSC stays HC ban on production, sale of Pran, Farm Fresh milk. Photo: UNB arm-FreshThe Appellate Division on Tuesday stayed a High Court order for eight weeks that asked 14 pasteurised milk-producing companies to refrain from producing, marketing and selling milk for five weeks, clearing the way for Pran Milk and Farm Fresh to produce and sell milk.Supreme Court chamber judge Md Nuruzzaman passed the order after hearing an appeal filed by the two companies, seeking a stay on the HC order, reports UNB.Attorney general Mahbubey Alam, deputy attorney general Md Murad Reza stood for the companies.The HC bench of justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and justice Md Iqbal Kabir on 28 July ordered 14 pasteurised milk-producing companies to refrain from producing, marketing and selling milk for five weeks.As of Tuesday, the Appellate Division permitted Milk Vita, Pran Milk and Farm Fresh, out of the 14 companies, to produce and sell milk by staying the HC order.The other companies yet to get permission to produce and sell milk are — Aarong Dairy, Igloo, Dairy Fresh, Milk Fresh, Milk One, Ultra, Ay-Ran, PURA, Aftab, Arwa and SAFE.On 14 July, the High Court sought the test reports of pasteurised milk of all the companies within a week after testing the samples of those in four different laboratories — International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), BCSIR, Institute of Public Health, Food Safety Laboratory under the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute.A new test conducted by professor ABM Faroque, former director of Dhaka University’s Biomedical Research Centre, found traces of antibiotics in pasteurised products of Pran, MilK Vita, Igloo, Aarong and Farm Fresh.On 25 June, scientists said they found the traces of detergent and antibiotics in samples of raw and pasteurised milk of Pran, Milk Vita, Igloo, Aarong and Farm Fresh.last_img read more